Cleaning Glass Windows
Unless you are one of the brave souls beautifying the exterior windows on skyscrapers, cleaning glass windows is hardly a glamorous task.
Glass is a porous material which means that it comes with its own set of cleaning best practices. Everybody has their own opinion on the best ways to clean glass and windows. With 30 years in the cleaning and restoration industry, we’ve developed out own too – read on to learn more.
Tips for cleaning your glass
There are several ways to clean your glass window effectively. If you are looking for some useful tips for doing the job yourself, look no further.
- Before you start cleaning the window, you must vacuum the sill and frame. Make sure to use a vacuum with a brush. You may come across spider webs on the frame, you can use lemon oil for post-wash to ward spiders off from spinning their webs.
- One option when cleaning glass doors and windows is to use a bucket of cleaning solution composed of clear ammonia or vinegar (or a combination of both) with warm water.
- You need less cleaning agent than you think. If you are using the typical, spray on window cleaning products that are found in grocery stores, 1-2 spray per 1m2 is more than enough. You will find that the product becomes difficult to wipe off and may leave streaks.
- You should not clean glass windows on a hot sunny day – your windows will likely get streaky. This happens because the heat of the day dries the cleaning solution faster than you can wipe it off. Save yourself the irritation and wait for a cloudy day.
- When you perform glass window cleaning, you must do it one pane at a time. This is to ensure that it is thoroughly washed. If you are working on multiple panes at once, you may not be able to wipe off all the solution before it dries. This leads to streaking. Furthermore, you are more likely to be rushing and miss spots.
- After doing all the panes you can use a lint-free microfibre cloth to dry and buff the glass. You may read that using newspaper is good, however, we do not recommend this process as the newspaper can leave behind lint. In addition, newspapers today have latex-based inks that can result in streaks being left on your window.
- Make sure to wash off all the dust and grime before you start buffing the glass (drying it). If you have left dirt or other particles on the window, you may end up scratching the window.
- Using a squeegee is also an effectively tool for drying up the glass after cleaning. If you have glass panels in your shower, keep one on hand to use after you have finished. This will greatly reduce the streaks and grime that accumulates over time.
- Cleaning glass windows is monotonous. Take breaks to stretch and listen to your body. We have never met a window that was worth throwing your back out or hurting your shoulders.
Having clean, spotless glass windows can make your home look amazing. When it comes to window cleaning, it should be done at least once every six months. For your window cleaning needs, call AllAces Cleaning & Restoration on 1800 00 1010.